Date Joined: 09/08/02
Pros: -Great price
-Seemingly good reviews
-Ran fairly well at first impression...
-I wasted 30 hours trouble shooting this device. I hope you don't waste your time either. There are other Buffalo routers that will better serve your needs: I guarantee it. Since this device no longer has a place anywhere on my network, I have something to save for the next time I go to the firing range when I'm feeling particularly stressed.
Cons: -Consistent issues of intermittent PACKET LOSS with this router. Results in online games stuttering for 5-10 seconds, and slows down my internet speeds to a literal crawl of less than 3kb/seconds at BEST during them. Kicker: the issue could start as early as 10 minutes after a reboot, or as long as 8 hours after a reboot.
-There's simply nothing more frustrating than a router acting erratically at random. I thought the good reviews for this product would save me from this fate, but I should have done my homework more.
-This device runs a special blend of Buffalo branded DD-WRT. The build is well done, however it is LIMITED in features including REPEATER and REPEATER BRIDGE mode. The community versions of DD-WRT are unable to have these features as well since the STABILITY of the newer ATHEROS-based routers is... quite frankly, non-existent.
-In short, this router is not usable as a main router/AP due to its random instability/packet loss, and it's not usable as a wireless brid
Overall Review: I have spent the better part of THREE WEEKS fighting these issues of intermitent packet loss, horrific ping fluctations, and router crashes. I've played with every firmware build and fix recommended in all forum threads from Buffalo and DD-WRT I could find. Instead all I found were more and more people with the same woes as me.
I have purchased no less than eight routers from NewEgg over the past decade with the intention of setting up DD-WRT networks with great success.
Buffalo has a great reputation with DD-WRT, but make no mistake, this PARTICULAR MODEL is a LEMON when it comes to acting how a router should: with 100% stability when there's no network stress on it. I rarely have a bad word to say, of products or people. But this router is simply terrible for the casual user and especially the advanced power user. I now have a $xx paperweight. I'm outside the return period with NewEgg, and my problem exists with the MODEL, and the thing is too buggy to use in any part of my net
Pros: The unit is cheap, but has a lot of features.
Cons: I've spent an entire day trying to set this up as a repeater. Documentation is iffy. Settings revert randomly. User interface was a nightmare. When it was finally setup, I wasn't even sure if it was working properly - no noticeable difference.
Overall Review: Save yourself by not purchasing this overpriced product. I keep this unit in a drawer now.
Pros: Cools my Pentium 4 3.2ghz with minimal effort on the 'silent' setting. Even when playing Battlefield 2.
Cons: It's a bit pricey, but well worth it if you're looking for a quiet solution.
Overall Review: Installation was a bit tricky as I've never installed a heatsink before. But my motherboard was compatible and it only took me an hour. No complaints about this purchase one year later.
Pros: Cheap but reliable. Works in both office and home environments.
Pros: The printer is a bit more expensive than other entry-level laser printers, but it's absolutely wonderful for home office use. The first page prints quickly, checks are aligned perfectly, and when the print job is done, it rests quietly.
Cons: The toner is a bit expensive, but considering I replace it once a year... not bad :]
Overall Review: I am a fan of HP printers. They are great machines. What I don't like is all of the excess HP software - fortunately you can install this printer with minimal computer resource loss by selecting the driver on the installation CD manually.
Pros: Quick transfers, dead silent, vertical stand included for better cooling.
Overall Review: I own three of these. Two are in an office environment, and one is for home use. I've transferred countless gigabytes of information through these switches; they are built like rocks. Literally 'set it and forget it' networking.
Pros: The short length and high shielding allowed me to have a really great video capture on my computer.
Cons: It was a bit expensive.
Overall Review: I used this cable to connect my DV camcorder to my computer and edit home movies - the movies looked fantastic with sharp colors, great sound, and smooth movement. Although most of it was probably the camera's doing, this cable undoubtedly enabled a great digital copy.
Pros: High speed, very durable, good brand.
Cons: I paid nearly double this price 10 months ago.
Overall Review: I use this card in my Sprint LG-550 and it has no noticable battery drain on my phone but affords me the capability to take about 1440 pictures. Would I ever need to take that many? Probably not, but I don't like feeling restricted. :]
Pros: I have four of these boards in a small office environment and they've been in use for over a year now. Despite daily use by fast-typing a staff, the keys are still quiet, responsive, and still look new. Considering the price, this has been a great purchase.
Overall Review: I am not a fan of keyboards getting more and more complex/intricate. I really don't need volume control knob, or a 'mail' button. In fact, I prefer simple keyboards as then I know that if I spill something in it, I can just pop it in the dishwasher, dry it out, and it will be good as new...
Pros: Good security, excellent stability, great price.
Cons: I have no issues with the device... yeah, it creeps me out too. :/
Overall Review: With home routers, it's rare to have at least WPA2-PSK security and still maintain rock-solid stability, speed, and a 'set it and forget it' attitude. I've gone through about five wireless routers for my network crossing three major brands before realizing my network needed a dedicated DHCP server, a dedicated switch, and a dedicated wireless access point to adequately handle the load. But the only unit that came close to handling my needs was this one; I only ditched it as I wanted 1gb transfer speeds between my desktop and server.
I have since given it to a family member and this device still runs just as strong as the day I set it up... nearly 8 months ago. This is the way home networking should be.
Pros: The price, capacity, and the Seagate name drove me to upgrade from the 40gb Seagate I had in my IBM ThinkPad R51. I have this drive partitioned and keep about 110GB of pictures, videos, music, and documents on it. The laptop has been on 24/7 and the drive shows no sign of slowing down. Although I have set the drive to run 'silently', the 5400rpm still manages to keep things rather quick on my laptop. Granted, I would rather sacrifice speed for a quiet, fan-less laptop...
Cons: The drive seemed to make more noise than my old drive, but after a while I got used to it. The noise I did hear was a constant 'whirrr' when my ear was against the palm rest; the hard drive is underneath.
Overall Review: I give this drive a four only because it was not as quiet as my 5400 rpm 40gb Seagate. This drive is still very quiet, but not as much as I had hoped from reading about this drive on the internet.
Pros: I managed about 3,500 pages with this toner. Not too bad considering I'm using it with a cheap Samsung ML-2010 laser printer I got from NewEgg last September. Overall, the printer/toner combo has saved me quite a bit of money.
Cons: Price - but for a laser toner, this isn't too bad.
Pros: This cable is long and durable. I use it to share my laser printer with 3 of my roommates by connecting it directly to each computer. The cable has rested by icy windows, and hot refrigerater coils and stills works great.
Cons: No complaints - the cable still looks new.
Overall Review: The only way this cable wouldn't suit your needs would be its length. 10ft is rather long.
Pros: I enjoy the freedom of having 1 small plastic square and a cable to connect my camera, cell phone, and mp3 player's memory cards to my computer. The unit is very light, easy to store, and supports quite a few cards. The reader uses a standard USB cord, and no external power is needed. Really convenient. (People down the hall even ask to borrow this device to get pictures off of their cameras sometimes!) I also feel this device has pretty good transfer speeds - 400 megabytes of video and pictures from my camera only took a minute or two.
Cons: It's made out of plastic and feels a little 'cheap'. Each sockets on the device takes up a drive letter. Four sockets, four drives. But the drive letters don't change order so you don't have to 'search' each time you plugin the device.
Overall Review: Overall, the device is really easy to use and quite handy.
Pros: The monitor is very sturdy, bright, no dead pixels, and shows color very well. There is no ghosting in games or DVD playback. Word documents are easy on the eyes with this monitor. For the price, this is a really great LCD for both home and business. The blue LED buttons even matches the Antec Sonata II case at the office - the pair looks very professional.
Cons: Considering there is strictly a VGA monitor, I have no issues with this monitor.
Overall Review: I should really upgrade to a DVI graphics card...